Rose McGowan wins GQ inspiration award

Actress Rose McGowan credited as a force in MeToo since making allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Actress Rose McGowan credited as a force in MeToo since making allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Rose McGowan says she has always felt "emotionally ... a bit more like a man" as she became the first woman to win the Inspiration prize at the GQ Men Of The Year awards.

The actress and activist was honoured on her birthday at a star-studded event at London's Tate Modern on Wednesday.

McGowan, 45, has been credited as a force in the MeToo movement since making allegations against Harvey Weinstein and said it had been a "fight" since coming forward.

She said: "I have always felt emotionally I was a bit more like a man, at least a stereotypical man and I feel like I am a man that's growing and I feel like I am neither woman nor man and it fits perfectly with this year.

"The weight is very heavy. It's been a fight. It's been a fight every goddamned day. Some fights, and justice, that's worth it."

Asked how she coped with the pressure, she said: "You cry a couple of tears, you pull up your bootstraps and you march on and that's what I did.

"My father's birthday card when I was 11, was 'dear Rose, I have always admired your sense of justice. Happy birthday'. So I feel like I am fulfilling who he believed I was."

The annual awards, which are now in their 21st year, celebrate men and women who have helped to shape the world's cultural landscape across style, politics, entertainment and sport during the course of the year.

Other winners included Naomi Campbell, John Legend and the Prince Of Wales.

Australian Associated Press